1984 Maryland Terrapins Football Team
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1984 Maryland Terrapins Football Team
1984 Maryland Terrapins football
ACC champion
Sun Bowl champion
Sun Bowl, W 28-27 vs. Tennessee
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
CoachesNo. 11
APNo. 12
1984 record9-3 (5-0 ACC)
Head coachBobby Ross
Offensive schemeMultiple
Base defenseWide-Tackle Six
Home stadiumByrd Stadium
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1984 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 12 Maryland $ 5 0 0     9 3 0
No. 20 Virginia 3 1 2     8 2 2
North Carolina 3 2 1     5 5 1
Wake Forest 3 3 0     6 5 0
Georgia Tech 2 2 1     6 4 1
NC State 1 5 0     3 8 0
Duke 1 5 0     2 9 0
Clemson 0 0 0*     7 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • *Clemson was under NCAA and ACC probation and was ineligible for the ACC title. As a result, their ACC games did not count in the league standings.[1]
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1984 Maryland Terrapins football team represented the University of Maryland, College Park in the 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Terrapins won the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) for the second consecutive season.[2]


September 8Syracuse*L 7-2338,850
September 15Vanderbilt*
  • Byrd Stadium
  • College Park, MD
L 14-2334,100
September 22at No. 17 West Virginia*W 20-1758,353
September 29Wake Forest
  • Byrd Stadium
  • College Park, MD
W 38-1732,700
October 6at No. 11 Penn State*L 24-2585,456
October 13NC Statedagger
  • Byrd Stadium
  • College Park, MD
W 44-2143,450
October 27at DukeW 43-717,500
November 3at North CarolinaW 34-2348,000
November 10at No. 6 Miami (FL)*W 42-4031,548
November 17No. 20 Clemson*AW 41-2360,575
November 24at VirginiaNo. 18W 45-3443,017
December 22vs. Tennessee*No. 12W 28-2750,126
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
A.^ Clemson was under NCAA probation, and was ineligible for the ACC title. Therefore this game did not count in the league standings.[3][1]

Games summaries

Miami (FL)

Maryland at #6 Miami (FL)
1 234Total
Terrapins 0 02121 42
Hurricanes 7 2436 40
Overall record Last meeting Result
6-5 1982 W 18-17

The biggest highlight of the season was Frank Reich's comeback against the defending national champion Miami Hurricanes on November 10, 1984, at the Orange Bowl Stadium. Reich came off the bench to play for Stan Gelbaugh, who had previously replaced him as the starter after Reich separated his shoulder in the fourth week of the season against Wake Forest. Miami quarterback Bernie Kosar led the 'Canes to a 31-0 lead at halftime. At the start of the third quarter, Reich led the Terrapins on a scoring drive after scoring drive. Three touchdowns in the third quarter and a fourth at the start of the final quarter turned what was a blowout into a close game. With the score 34-28 Miami, Reich hit Greg Hill with a 68-yard touchdown pass which deflected off the hands of Miami safety Darrell Fullington to take the lead. Maryland scored once more to cap an incredible 42-9 second half, and won the game 42-40, completing what was then the biggest comeback in NCAA history.[4]


1984 Terrapins in professional football

Player Position Round Pick Team
Kevin Glover Center 2 34 Detroit Lions
Frank Reich Quarterback 3 57 Buffalo Bills
Eric Wilson Linebacker 7 171 Green Bay Packers


Stan Gelbaugh played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1986 and then in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills, Phoenix Cardinals, and Seattle Seahawks.[6]


  1. ^ a b Williams, Larry (2012). The Danny Ford Years at Clemson.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-30. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Wilbon, Michael (November 17, 1984). "Maryland Has Past, Virginia Future, Navy Neither Today". The Washington Post. p. C1. Maryland doesn't have to beat Clemson today since the Tigers are on probation and the game won't count in the league standings ...
  4. ^ Wilbon, Michael (November 11, 1984). "Down by 31, Md. Stuns Miami, 42-40". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1985.htm
  6. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/G/GelbSt00.htm

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